Dry Eye disease is a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that can result in ocular discomfort and visual impairment.
Dry Eye disease is estimated to affect 5-30% of the population. It is more common in older people aged over 50 years.
Risk factors for Dry Eye disease:
There are several factors that greatly increase your chances of developing dry eyes, such as:
- Gender – female
- Hormonal changes
- Certain medical conditions such as diabetes
- Contact lens wear
- Nutritional deficiency
- Underwent surgery for the eyes
Symptoms for Dry Eye disease:
- Red eye
- Gritty sensation
- Burning sensation
- Foreign body sensation
- light sensitivity
- blurred of vision
If you experience any of these symptoms frequently, you should schedule an appointment with an eye doctor. There are different treatment options based on the cause and the severity level of the disease.
Treatment of Dry Eye disease:
The treatment of Dry Eye diseases varies depending on the cause and severity of the dry eyes.
- 1st line of treatment
- Artificial tear without preservative
- Natural remedies, such as blinking frequently and minimize exposure to A/C
- 2nd line of treatment
- Topical cyclosporine
- Vitamin A supplement
- Punctal occlusion
- Surgery for eyelid abnormality
For more information about treatment options and to book an appointment with our Consultant Ophthalmologist, contact us today.